Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Virtual Tour Makes It Seem Real From 2000 Years Ago
People in Cincinnati are able to take virtual tours into the Ohio River Valley, now in development, and see brillant green grasslands and beautiful sparkling blue lakes and rivers. They will see the area as it was some 2000 years ago. This is achieved by a computerized fly-over. This wonderful virtual tour is at the Cincinnati Museum Center's interactive video tour of Fort Ancient and other earthworks.
Today, museums and educators lean heavily on video with animation, graphics and technology we once only dreamed about in order to show what historical texts and maps could not.
Cincinnati is not the only place doing this. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is currently creating a recently found theater in Williamsburg which is the 18th century capital of Virginia. They plan on adding animation as well as creating a virtual tour of the whole town.
Virtual heritage tours and exhibits are getting quite popular in Asia, Europe, Japan, Italy and Germany. These were novel ideas a number of years ago, written about in science fiction but not a reality until recently. And now they are gaining interest in the United States as well.
This is extremely fascinating to me and I cannot wait until this is available to those of us who are in the boonies.
Categories: Techno Stuff